When a Short Story Grows into a Novella

Halifax County Ex 23It started innocent enough. My story idea of a woman who takes up chicken husbandry to avoid the doldrums of retirement was fairly simple, a little silly and a bit laughable.

Here are the first few unedited paragraphs.

The accolades and celebration of forty-three years of service with Canada Post dissipated the first week of retirement. At the age of sixty-five years and seven days Mildred Fowler decided she had received the worst possible birthday gift: unemployment.

The smiles and hugs from coworkers still flashed before her eyes and the din of their congratulations hummed in her ears. Even the sweet smell of Sally’s breath as she toasted to long days of leisure lingered on her nose hairs. She now wondered if they truly believed being sent out to pasture was a happy occasion or if they simply wanted to give her a final hurrah before she entered obscurity. In reality, who really wanted to do nothing all day?

Her son Clyde told her to take up a hobby if she got bored, which he sincerely doubted she would. “You’re where everyone aims to be,” he had said. “You’ve earned this freedom. Take advantage of it while you still have your health.”

“You’ll be able to sleep in,” her youngest son Victor had said on the phone from his office in Summerside.

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Free Fantasy Short Story eBook

DLMcGyver-Blade of Truth-CoverMy second short story  in the Castle Keepers Tales Blade of Truth is enrolled in Kindle Select, and from now until Monday October 21st (12pm Pacific Time), it is FREE. The regular price is $0.99. Canadian residents can download it here, and those in the United States will find it here. Thank you for your downloads. Everyone counts.

Blade of Truth shares a pivotal story in Bronwyn Darrow’s early years. Readers of Shadows in the Stone will immediately recognise this man as one of the leading characters.

Summary: Bronwyn Darrow is a young dwarf eager to celebrate the end of his educational years and to embark on his future trade. He would love to ask the girl of his dreams to the celebrations, but he’s too shy. The morning of the big day he’s surprised when she asks him. Is this his dream date or his worst nightmare?

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Destiny Governed their Lives at Goodreads

Destin Governed their LivesGoodreads is for readers. It’s a place to check out favourite books and favourite authors. Readers form groups and discuss their likes and dislikes, they share information and write reviews. They can also become fans of their favourite authors and set up virtual bookshelves where they store their books they’ve read, books they’re reading and books they wish to read.

Goodreads is for writers. It’s a place they can create a virtual library of their books so fans can easily find them. They can add information about characters, plots and settings, and they can post favourite quotes from their stories. Writers can promote new books by hosting giveaways of paperbacks.

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Introducing Miss Tuttle’s Lemon Tarts

Miss Tuttle's Lemon Tarts - Diane Lynn McGyverMiss Tuttle’s Lemon Tarts is a short story. It’s just over 6,600 words long. If it had taken me a few weeks to write or even a few months, it would seem only natural. Except it didn’t take me a few weeks or a few months or a few years. It took me about six years. That’s 1,100 words a year.

That’s slow writing.

But each journey starts with the first footfall, right? And each story begins with the first word.

Miss Tuttle and Rita began their journey over a sack of potatoes. It wasn’t Rita’s intentions to help or stick around afterwards, but she did.

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Creating an Anthology

Diane Lynn TibertI’m a member of the East Hants Writer’s Group. We meet the third Tuesday of each month except for July, August and December, which means we just had our first meeting of the season this week.

Although we always have engaging conversations about writing and publishing, and we critique stories written by members, I thought we could do more, something that would last longer than a meeting, longer than a season.

I suggested we contribute work to create an anthology. And the others agreed.

Anthology: a collection of poems or prose selections from various authors (Gage Canadian Dictionary 1983).

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